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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Building Fund Update for Fire of Glory Church

As you know, we are on the way to raising $150,000 to purchase land and build a church facility for Fire of Glory Church in Nonthaburi Province in Thailand.  We have asked for churches, individual supporters, Sunday School classes, UMW and UMM groups, and others to take special offerings and give donations for the Building Fund.  Fire of Glory Church, under the leadership of Pastors Somsri and Warin, is busting loose at the seams because they are overcrowded.  They have been trying to save money to purchase land and build a church facilility, but at the rate they are able to save it will take over 20 years, which is way too long.

So far over $30,000 has been donated to the Building Fund.  We are very excited to see such a large amount before Christmas!  We thank you the Lord for all of you who give generously and pray faithfully for us and this mission.

If you would like to give to help Fire of Glory Church construct a much needed building, please be sure to designate your gift to the Building Fund.

You can send a check to TMM by mail to:
P.O. Box 56
Mannsville, KY 42758

Or give online through our blog at

Please Read: Crucial Information for Online Donors

Thailand Methodist Mission has recently needed to change our online giving portal to QGIV since the former company, JustGive has now closed.  All of you who have automatic monthly donations through JustGive, your donations will stop this month.

We are asking all who are have automatic monthly donations through JustGive to please continue to set up a recurring monthly donation through QGIV by clicking on this link >>
Your giving is crucial to the operation of the Blessing Home Centers and other ministries of the Thailand Methodist Mission.

Our website ( is currently being renovated and should be up and running by the end of the year.  I (Mike) tried to change the old website to link online donors to the new QGIV site, but it was beyond my abilities.  So I am waiting for the website renovation to be complete.  However, I was able to change the link on our blog at so that it directs online donors to QGIV.

We are grateful for your faithful support of the Thailand Methodist Mission.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Some very exciting news!

Pastors Sila and Wassana being dedicated at the opening service
of Prasiri Bangkok UMC in 2008



 In 2008, we helped Pastors Sila and Wassana plant the Prasiri Bangkok UMC.  Through the years this church has moved to 3 different locations.  At their present location, the church owns one house which was converted into a sanctuary, and they rented the house next door, which is used for Children’s Sunday School and also has the only restrooms and kitchen for use in either building.  The house was being rented with a contract to buy the house by December 2017.  If they did not buy the house by then, the owner would sell the house to another buyer.

                Pastors Sila and Wassana told us that they were short by 400,000 Thai baht ($11,700 USD) and that the church was unable to save up enough money to meet the deadline, putting them in crisis.  After much prayer we gave a gift through TMM to Prasiri Bangkok UMC to complete the purchase of the church building.  We are thrilled that this church is now a permanent church, that is both self-supporting and owns their own building.  God is Good!

The building on the left side is the one which was purchased.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

October, a joyful month of baptizing new believers!

October is the beginning of winter in Thailand (cold temperature days here are in the mid 70's) and it is the month that schools are closed for winter break.  Because schools are out on break, it is also a time when Thai churches have baptism services.  Since most Thai churches don't have baptisteries, they must usually take a day off to travel to a body of clean water that is deep enough for baptisms.

Baptisms at the God is Good Church Retreat on the third week of October.
Pastors Somsri and Warin of Fire of Glory Church asked if new believers from their church could come to our house for lunch and then go to the ocean near our house for a Baptism service.  We were absolutely delighted for the opportunity to provide hospitality and witness the joy on the faces of new believers as they received public Christian baptism to let everyone know of what the Lord Jesus has done for them.

Pastors Somsri and Warin and new believers from Fire of Glory Church
 about to be baptized.

Pastors Somsri and Warin not only are effective pastors of a thriving church, but they also serve as staff with us on the Pioneer Pastor Program, planting churches in unreached places in Thailand.  They have helped others in planting three churches in counties that never had a Christian church before.  And their own church has outgrown the crowded small facility they use as a church building.  They have been saving up for 2 years to buy land and build a building, but at the rate they are going it will take over 20 years to reach the goal.  And right now they cannot grow more without a larger building.

So we have asked everyone who supports the Thailand Methodist Mission and all of the supporting churches, Sunday School classes, UMW, UMM, and other groups if they would give special offerings this Christmas to help buy land and construct a church building for Fire of Glory Church.  We need $150,000 and as you see from the chart, we have received more gifts since the last time we reported progress.

If you would like to give to help Fire of Glory Church construct a much needed building, please be sure to designate your gift to the Building Fund.

You can send a check to TMM by mail to:
P.O. Box 56
Mannsville, KY 42758

Or give online through our website at

Monday, October 02, 2017

Prayer needed for Vicki

Hello Prayer Warriors:

TMM Missionary Vicki Brown needs prayer.  Vicki is heading in for knee surgery on Wednesday.  Vicki is the Director of Blessing Home Isan and is the Master Teacher for the Blessing Home ministries.  She develops curriculum and trains missionaries and volunteers who serve at Blessing Home.  We know she wants to heal and get strong quickly so she can serve the children and teens whom she loves dearly.

The leaders of the church at Blessing Home Isan
pray for healing for TMM Missionary Vicki Brown.

We are claiming James 5:16
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Your prayers are powerful and we are blessed to have faithful prayer warriors like you.  Thank you!

We know you pray faithfully for this mission because we see the Lord at work every day.  Every month, Thai pastors contact us about new believers being baptized at their churches.  And it is a great privilege to meet these new believers, hearing about how the Lord has given them abundant life in Christ!

Below are a couple of baptism pictures we received from Loepahan Church just yesterday.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mission Team and Fire of Glory Church Building Updates

First a reminder for those who are interested in joining the Mission Team.   Then an update on the Building Fund for Fire of Glory Church.


WHEN?: February 23, 2018 - March 5, 2018

  • We will visit Blessing Home Ground Zero in Pattaya.  We will be taking the Blessing Home children on a special treat... we will all go to the ZOO.  Most of these children have never been more than a few miles away from home, so this will bring joy to their lives.  We will also paint and do some work on the Blessing Home building so that it can be beautiful for the children.
  • We will help with English VBS Camp at our newest Pioneer Pastor location, Sai Noi Church.  This will be the first VBS in this county and we expect this to have a huge impact on this community.
  • We will visit the homes of Blessing Home children and other families in the community to pray for them and bless them.   
  • We will also take some time for a tour of Bangkok.

Please join the Kentucky Conference VIM Team by contacting the VIM Team Leader, Dr. John Kalz via email >>

Please click on this link to the TEAM THAILAND 2018 website for more information and the application form.

Fire of Glory Church is bursting at the seams and needs a building.

Pastor Somsri and her daughter Pastor Warin.
They are Pioneer Pastors of Fire of Glory Church

Fire of Glory Church meets in the home of Pastor Somsri, which is just one large room.  Her home, which serves as the church building does not have any bedrooms.  Pastor Somsri's family and the homeless people she takes in, sleep on the floor and pack up their belongings every time the church meets.  She gave up a good job and a nice house in order to be a Pioneer Pastor.  And God has blessed her sacrifice and the church has grown to the point that they can no longer all fit into her house.  They need a building.  

(Click this link to see the street view of the church on Google Maps

The members of Fire of Glory Church are setting aside special offerings every week to buy land and build a church building, but it will take them over 25 years to be able to do this on their own.  

So we are requesting that every supporting individual of the Thailand Methodist Mission, every supporting church, every supporting church group (Sunday School, UMW, UMM, Youth Groups) will take up special offerings during Christmas and even special offerings each month so we can help them with a building.  This will help the church to grow, since it is at capacity now.  $150,000 is needed for the Building Fund, and we have just received the firstruits of giving towards this fund.  $4,000 has been received.  

We will keep posting the progress.  Please lift up this need in your daily prayers.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Global Theological Institute - 3rd Graduation Ceremony

This past week we had the privilege of participating in the 3rd graduation ceremony of Global Theological Institute, which is a ministry of the Thailand Methodist Mission led by Drs. Tanapong and Muanreedee.  17 students graduated with B.Min and M.Min degrees.  Now a total of 76 graduates from the Global Theological Institute, serving all across Thailand.

The graduates bow as everyone lifts them up with prayers of blessing.

Global Theological Institute Class of 2017

Three of this year's graduates are Pioneer Pastors, having planted the first church ever in counties in Thailand that have never had a Christian church before.

Global Theological Institute graduates Pastor Arpan and Pastor Weelahwan pioneered the Blessings of God Church in Chachoengsao province.  Pastor Arpan received her M.Min degree and Pastor Weelahwan earned her B.Min. degree.  Blessings of God Church is the only Christian church in Samet Tai, a rural county with a population of over 5,000 people.

Dr. Tanapong and Dr. Muanreedee of Global Theological Institute
and Pioneer Pastor Weelahwan

Pastor Arpan walks up to the platform
to receive her M.Min diploma.

Pioneer Pastor Gatmon received her M.Min degree.  Pastor Gatmon serves in the Isan region of Thailand at Free Church in Ubon Ratchatani province.

Dr. Tanapong with Pioneer Pastor Gatmon

It was our pleasure to meet the graduates, many of whom we have met for the first time.  Please pray for these graduates as they serve faithfully in churches and ministries all across Thailand.

Pastor Thaweewad receives his M.Min diploma
 from Dr. Sherri Morrissey

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Building is Needed for Fire of Glory Church

Pastors Sherri and Somsri baptize a new Christian

Hello Brothers and Sisters, we need your help on a large project that is deeply needed.  We need churches, Sunday School classes, UMW and UMM groups, and individuals to give generously towards the Building Fund this Christmas.

We are asking every church and every church group to take up a special offering for the Building Fund this Christmas and for every family to remember us too.   We know that now is the time that churches are deciding on their budgets and also doing their Christmas planning, so we appreciate your help in getting the word out at your church.

Here is what is needed: A church building for Fire of Glory Church, which is led by Pastor Somsri and her daughter, Pastor Warin.  Right now, Fire of Glory Church meets in a small building that is Pastor Somsri’s house.  Every Sunday, the place is overflowing with worshippers, and there is no room for growth.  This has been a problem for a long time.

Pastor Somsri and the church members have been sacrificing deeply to save money for land and a church building.  Pastor Somsri does not receive any salary from Fire of Glory Church so that funds from the Sunday offerings can be saved up for a building.  Pastor Somsri serves as the Mentoring Pastor for the Pioneer Pastor Program, but she does not keep any of the salary we send to her each month.  Instead she donates ALL of her salary to the church’s building fund.  All the while her family sacrifices financially for the church, they also take in orphans and teens who have been abandoned into their home.  Pastor Somsri and her family are truly remarkable people who inspire us.

Model of Fire of Glory Church Building

Over the past two years, they have saved up enough for a down payment on land, but they are unable to save enough money fast enough to do this on their own.  At the rate they are able to save money, it will be over 25 years before they can afford to build.  And this church is very fruitful, with many new Christians.  And Pastors Somsri and Warin are effective at discipling these new Christians to become strong in Christ too.

So we need to raise $150,000 for the church building for Fire of Glory Church.  This is enough money to buy the land and construct a simple 2 story building.   If you would like to give to this, please designate your gift for the BUILDING FUND.

Checks can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 56
Mannsville, KY 42758

Or give online at

Monday, July 03, 2017

Five Praises to the Lord

We are very excited to tell you about all of the wonderful things the Lord is doing in Thailand through your prayers and support. God is Good!

1.  Sai Noi Church, a new Pioneer Pastor church.

Pastors Somsri and Warin and the members of Fire of Glory Church have been doing outreach ministries for a several years in Sai Noi.  When they have an outreach event, they will usually have 80 plus children as well as many of their parents and grandparents to come.  Relationships with the families have been developed for a long time, and it is now time to plant a church there.  So we have rented a house to use as a church building and the members of Fire of Glory Church have been hard at work cleaning it up, painting the walls, and fixing broken doors and fixtures.

John, a member of Fire of Glory Church, works at painting the walls
of the Sai Noi church building.

Members of Fire of Glory Church clean up the Sai Noi church building.

Sai Noi Church is a second campus of the Fire of Glory Church.  Pastors Somsri and Warin will conduct worship services and Church school classes on Saturday evenings while continuing to have services at the mother church on Sunday mornings.  Please pray for this new church plant that many people in the community will become disciples of Christ.  Over 70,000 people live in Sai Noi and this is the first church there to reach the people with the good news of Jesus Christ.

2.  Fruitful ministry at House of Immanuel Church

Thank you for your prayers for Jerry.  We can tell you are praying because the Lord did powerful things there.  Jerry kept busy there at House of Immanuel Church in Buriram.  He taught English 6 days per week, preached each Sunday morning, installed a new tile floor at the church, painted the walls at the church, visited people in the community, and helped transport a church member to dialysis treatments for 3 weeks.  

Jerry teaching English to the kids at church.

The Lord used Jerry to help this church develop strong and deep connections in the community and with the village chief.  Christians at this location are seen by their Buddhist neighbors as people who want to develop families in the community and make the community to be stronger.  And all of the remodeling work Jerry did on the church building lifted the people's spirits.  

Now we have a different problem at House of Immanuel Church.  There are so many children attending church each Sunday that there is no place to teach the children.  Right now, the children have Sunday School in the outdoor kitchen, because it is the only shaded place for them.  But this is not working well because people are cooking lunch while the children are there.  So a new building that will be like a picnic shelter, will be built to solve this issue.

This is the most common problem that we have.  Most of the churches have too many people to fit into the buildings that they have.  This is a good problem to have, but still requires money to solve.

3.  Special Blessings Korat opened on July 3!

Carol Fare and Vicki Brown have worked tirelessly to get Special Blessings Korat open.
(See their website by click the link here >>
Special Blessings Korat is a ministry that serves special needs children, helping them develop life skills needed so they can qualify to attend public school (life skills like dressing and feeding themselves, being able to use the bathroom themselves).

July 3, Opening Day at Special Blessings Korat

The week before the opening, terrible storms swept through Korat and the Special Blessing Korat building was flooded several times.  Carol and Vicki worked to exhaustion with cleanup and making changes to the building that we hope will prevent future floods.

The opening of Special Blessings Korat went well.  Carol says, "I feel a little old and very tired but oh so blessed."

4.  Baptisms at Chiang Dao Church

Each month, we are contacted by Pioneer Pastors inviting us to baptize new believers.  We could not attend the one at Chiang Dao, but Drs. Tanapong and Muanreedee of Global Theological Institute, sent us pictures.

In Thai churches, almost everyone is a first generation Christian, and this baptism service was no exception.  It is always exciting witnessing the passionate love these new Christians have for the Lord.

5.  Shelby Gillespie arrived in Thailand

We are very happy to have Shelby back in Thailand.  Shelby is a long-term career missionary who is beginning a 5-year term of service.  Please pray for Shelby as she does immersion Thai language study during this year.  She needs to learn the language well because next year she will serve as Director of the Blessing Home Isan center.

Shelby dancing in worship
with Thai Christians.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Jerry needs your prayers for a very difficult assignment

We are very pleased to have Jerry Motsinger of Peoria FUMC serving as a short term volunteer with the Thailand Methodist Mission once again, and ask for prayers as he fulfills a difficult assignment.
Jerry has been deployed to House of Immanuel Church in Buriram province, a new Pioneer Pastor church which was just planted last year.  This church does exceptional children and youth ministry and have requested a missionary to serve with them long-term to teach English.  The first step that we do is to send in a short-term volunteer to serve at the location.  The goal is to do a test run to see how things will work at that location if we send a long-term missionary.  We like to work out as many bugs and issues as possible before doing a long-term deployment.

So Jerry needs prayers because he does NOT speak Thai language and he is deployed in a place where no one in the church speaks English.  Jerry is living with one of the church families there and started teaching English yesterday.  He will be there for the next four weeks adjusting to life which is very different from his life in the States.

Jerry Motsinger and Sherri join Pastor Somsri in
praying for three new believers to Jesus Christ at House of Immanuel Church

Jerry greets the members of House of Immanuel Church.

We also want to thank everyone for lifting up Pastor Santi's father in prayer.  Pastor Santi's father had his foot severely injured in a motorcycle accident, and was in great danger of losing it.  But now he is healing up just fine and is able to walk once again.  God is good!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Prayers Needed for Pastor Santi

Hello Prayer Warriors.  Sherri and I rejoice in you because your prayers are the powerhouse of this mission.  And when we see great things happening in Thailand, we know it is because you faithfully lift us and the Thai Christians up in prayer.

One of the aspects of the Pioneer Pastor Program that we don’t talk about much is helping these pastors through family emergencies.  Pioneer pastors serve at great financial sacrifice to their family and many times they are planting churches that are 50 to 120 miles away from any other church, so they are isolated from other Christians who can help them during difficult times.  We do our best to provide help in every way for these servants of the Lord who work on the front lines of the Gospel of Christ.

Pastor Santi and his son.

Please pray for the father of Pastor Santi of the Grace Akha Church in Pattaya.  Pastor Santi contacted us about his father, who is diabetic and has horrible sores on his feet (he sent pictures to us, but they were too gruesome to share with you).  He needed $350 USD for an operation to save his father’s feet.  Because of the generosity of God’s people like you, we were able to send funds so Pastor Santi’s father could receive medical help.  And we know all healing comes from the Great Physician, Jesus Christ.  So please be lifting Pastor Santi’s father up in prayer, that the Lord will heal him.

 We would also like to give praise to the Lord for a wonderful time of itineration among some of the churches that support us in this mission as well as some churches we visited for the first time.  During the past few months, we have had over 300 new prayer warriors sign up to receive these email updates and to intercede before the Lord on our behalf.  God is Good!

We usually mention only prayer requests and praises in our emails, but once again we have had many people asking us about how to donate to the mission.  Since his been 4 months since we have included this information in our blog updates, we will put it out there once again for all who are led by the Lord to give.  Your giving provides the funds that feed and educate Blessing Home children and plant churches in unreached places in Thailand.  Your generosity trains new Christian leaders at Global Theological Institute and teaches financial skills to poor Isan Christians.

Checks can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 56
Mannsville, KY 42758

Or give online at

Thailand Methodist Mission is funded solely by direct support from individuals and churches that the Lord has led to give to this mission.  Your support makes this mission possible.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

An Opportunity to Serve on a Short Term Mission Team

We would like to announce the next opportunity for serving on a Short Term Mission Team with the Thailand Methodist Mission.


WHEN: February 23, 2018 - March 5, 2018

COST: $1,500 (includes $500 non-refundable deposit).  FLIGHTS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST.  You will need to reserve your own flights.  Be sure to read about flight details on this website.

  • You will visit Blessing Home Ground Zero in Pattaya.  Meet some of the children that you help to save and protect from sex and drug traffickers.
  • You will learn how you can make a difference in stopping trafficking in Southeast Asia.
  • You will visit Pioneer Pastor Churches and go to the homes of people in the community who need prayer for healing or other needs.   
  • You will go on fun cultural tours, and may even ride an elephant.
For more all of the information you need to apply for this team, 
please click on this link to the >> TEAM THAILAND 2018 website

Friday, March 31, 2017

How God Called Us to Serve As Missionaries - Part 2

Normally Sherri and I do not talk about ourselves and our experiences on this prayer blog.  We would rather focus on what the Lord is doing in the mission through the Thai Christians so you can pray for specific prayer requests and give praise to God for answers to those prayers.  But we have been asked many times to tell our story about how God called us to serve as missionaries in Thailand, so we will continue to tell the story where we left off.

Our call to serve as missionaries came in two phases.
First, God called us to serve as missionaries in the 10/40 Window (if you did not read the first article about our call, here is the link,  >>

In this article, we will tell you how God called us to focus our service in Thailand.

In 2004, when we filled out our application to serve as missionaries, we were open to serving anywhere in the 10/40 Window (if you do not know what this window is, please click on the above link and read the first article) we could safely serve with our youngest son, who was 13 year old at that time.  On our application, we said we would serve either in Northern Africa for relief work (at that time the greatest need for relief work was in that region) OR we would love to serve in Southeast Asia for church planting.  For us, it was important to be open to serve where we were needed the most rather than having a personal preference.  We wanted to serve where God chose, and to be open to wherever God would send us.

About a year and a half after submitting our application to be Methodist missionaries, we were called in for an interview in New York City.  The interview was a blind one, meaning that we would not be told what position OR what country that the mission agency would send us to if we were chosen.  We had a friend that told us that there were eleven nations that the agency needed missionaries, but Thailand was NOT one of them because they did not yet have any churches in Thailand.

We went in for the interview and were placed at one end of a long table, with many people around the table asking questions of us.  When the chair of the interview committee said, "I see from your application that you wish to be deployed to Africa", Sherri corrected him and said, "Yes, but we also said we would love to serve in Southeast Asia to plant churches."  Sherri's answer elicited odd reactions around the table, including the chairperson.  (We later learned that we were being interviewed to serve in the Cameroon in Africa).  Sherri and I were a bit unsettled because of the odd reactions and we could not read whether it was good or bad.

Later, one of the committee members asked us this question, "If we deployed you to a nation that did not like Americans, how would you respond?"  Sherri looked over at me with a look that said I should answer this one.  As I was formulating my answer, I wanted to give an example, but did not want to steer my answer towards any of the eleven nations that our friend mentioned.  So to be on the safe side, I chose the one nation that I knew we were NOT being interviewed for because this agency had no missionaries and no churches and no ministries yet in that country.  I said, "Imagine if you sent us to THAILAND....."  As soon as I said "Thailand", a few of the committee members jerked their heads and dropped their pens on the table.  This was a visibly strong reaction, and I thought it was a bad reaction.  I thought for sure that I messed things up and now wished Sherri had answered this question instead of me.

Soon after I answered that question, the interview concluded and we were told that we had the rest of the day to ourselves.  We had nothing to do, so we decided to go for a long walk in Manhattan.  And as we walked we kept seeing signs in windows and on the sidewalks:  Visit Thailand, Beautiful Thailand, Unseen Thailand, Thailand the Land of Smiles, Amazing Thailand.  We must have seen over 100 signs during our 6 hour walk through Manhattan.  Evidently there was a Thailand tourism campaign happening.

Sherri looked over at me and said, "God is sending us to Thailand."  She said this with confidence.  I have always been the one with the slower learning curve, so I said to her, "You know we will not be sent to Thailand, there are no UM churches or ministries there."  Sherri looked at me and said, "Mark my words, God is sending us to Thailand."

The next day, one of the committee members, a medical doctor, told us in confidence that the committee decided to send us to Thailand to be the first UM missionaries to plant the first UM churches there.  Sherri was gracious enough not to say, "I told you so!"

In 2006, were were commissioned and send to Thailand and it became very evident that this was where God was calling us to lifetime service.

Below is a picture of us at our commissioning service, 11 years ago.  We love serving as missionaries in Thailand.  When you serve where God has called you to serve and doing the ministry God has called you to do, that is where you find peace, joy, and meaning.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Meet TMM Missionaries David and Allie Houle

Luke 10:2
He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

God is Good!  When you pray to the Lord, He hears your prayers and meets every need.

We have asked all of you prayer warriors to continually lift before the Lord our mission's deepest need, which is for workers for the harvest.  Thailand Methodist Mission needs the right people to come serve long-term, learn the Thai language so they can serve in vital ways with Thai Christian leaders.  There is a huge need, and the tasks and duties are difficult, requiring the right people, those whom the Lord has called and equipped for service in areas in Thailand where there are very few Christians.

God has heard your prayers and called David and Allie Houle of the North Alabama Annual Conference to serve at Blessing Home in Pattaya.  David and Allie Houle have committed to a five-year term and are beginning to visit churches to raise prayer and financial support for the mission.  At this time, we have no missionaries serving at Blessing Home in Pattaya, so their service here fills a huge need.

TMM Missionaries David and Allie Houle

David is a Chemical Engineer and Allie is a Registered Nurse.  They have been preparing for the mission field through studies with Perspectives on the World Christian Movement ( - we strongly recommend this course for all who are discerning and pursuing a call to mission service).

Please pray for the David and Allie, that the Lord will move God's People to faithfully support their mission with prayers and financial support.

And please continue to pray that God will lead the right people to serve with the Thailand Methodist Mission as long-term vocational missionaries.  The harvest is great and the workers are few.

Monday, February 27, 2017

How God called us to serve as missionaries

We are back in the States for a time of itineration among some of the churches that support the Thailand Methodist Mission, and we praise the Lord for a time of refreshing and renewal.  It is a great blessing to speak at many churches and let everyone know how their prayers and generous giving have made an eternal difference in the lives of Thai people.    And the vast majority of our prayer blog updates are about prayer needs and praises for answers to your prayers, how the Lord is moving in mighty ways in the lives of Thai Christians.  But today, we will share from our hearts and our relationship with the Lord.

When we visit from church to church, we are frequently asked how the Lord called us to serve as missionaries.  Sherri and I both received our call from the Lord to serve as missionaries when we were students at Moody Bible Institute (MBI) in 1981.  Both of our stories are long, so I will condense it into a “nutshell”. 

The Lord called us to shine our lights where it is darkest.   To serve the Lord where the need is great and the workers are very few.

One of the classes every student at MBI was required to take was “Introduction to Missions”.  And in that class we learned about the 10/40 Window. 

The 10/40 Window is located from 10 degrees south to 40 degrees north of the equator. There are 69 nations across northern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia in the 10/40 Window. Nearly 4 billion people live here, including 90 percent of the world's poorest of the poor. It is estimated that 1.6 billion of these people have never had the chance to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ - not even once! The seat of every major non-Christian religion - Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Animism, Atheism, and Sikhism - is headquartered in the 10/40 Window.

• Two-thirds of the world's population — 4 billion people — live in the 10/40 Window.
• 95% of these 4 billion people are unevangelized.
• 87% are the poorest of the poor, living on an average of only $250 per family annually.
• 45 of the 50 worst countries in the world for persecution of Christians are in the 10/40 Window.
• Child prostitution and child slavery run rampant in many of these nations.
• Horrific abuse of women and children remains unchecked, including an epidemic of pedophilia.

Though the needs are both and desperate and urgent, only 5¢ out of every $100 spent on missions globally is directed toward the 10/40 Window. That's 0.0005% of all missions money designated to bring the Gospel to 66% of the world's population! (source:

When we learned about the 10/40 Window, we knew that the Lord was calling us to serve somewhere within that window.  The Lord was calling us to shine our lights where it is darkest and to serve where the need is great and the workers are very few.  At first we did not know where in the Window we would serve, but the Lord later focused our call to be in one of those 10/40 nations…. THAILAND!  And we will tell you about how God called us to Thailand in another blog update.

So we want to thank you for your prayers and financial support that make this mission possible and empowers us to serve in Thailand. 

Now if you are geographically challenged like we are, you may not be able to identify many of the nations on that map, so here is a list of all of the nations of the 10/40 Window.